Guest Blogger: Brian Swan, Right Hand Man Image Consulting Men – “Dressing” for Your Age
A common question for Men – “Dressing” for Your Age? Your style should evolve with you as you continue to mature. Changes in your career, lifestyle, mindset, body and age are all things that can cause your style to change. As you grow, so should you wardrobe in essence. Here is a quick guide to having you look stylish at any age.
Twenties: At this stage in your life you are starting to really figure out who you are. So trying out the same items you had in years past may work but get boring. It’s time to add some flare to it by getting bolder colors and form fitting items. This doesn’t mean you need to wear pieces that are too tight and revealing. Keep in mind you are still on a career search so you must be mindful of the image you are portraying. Gents, for a nice casual/relaxed look, put on a nice cardigan with a V-neck shirt underneath with jeans. Add on a nice watch and sunglasses. For nights out, put on a blazer with either a cool graphic tee on underneath or a long sleeve button up shirt. Jeans work great here. Don’t feel like you have to put on a pair of hard dress shoes. There are many sneakers out that are dressy enough to keep you comfortable yet sophisticated.
Thirties: Much of what you learned in your twenties will flow through to your thirties. Staying trendy is okay here but be mindful of your body. If you are a little more heavier than before this doesn’t mean buy clothing that is baggy on you. It still needs to be fitted for your body. You don’t need to over accentuate your curves but still compliment them. If you happen to be a little heavier, stray away from horizontal lines in pieces. Monochromatic colors will work well for you if you feel heavier in some areas. They are colors like black, grey, chrome, brown etc. However, if you use those colors more often in your wardrobe, add in splashes of color with accessories and items.
Forties: At this stage you may feel you’re fashionably out of touch. Maybe you have been busy with raising your family or career. Maybe your body is not where you want it. How do you get back to being stylish? You don’t have to because you never left! You just need to become acquainted with the updated styles of things you may already have and make them work for your current lifestyle. Again, it is key here to buy items that fit your body. Nothing to baggy or too tight. Forget the saying of “middle aged”. It is all a mindset truly. You don’t need to be super trendy like wearing wallet chains or anything. Rather, gent’s pull out a bow tie and piece it with your wardrobe. It can be used both casually or dressy.
Fifties: At this point, you should know your body and have settled into it. This doesn’t mean it’s time to start wearing wall paper inspired fabrics either. Grab those loose yet still fitted pieces that have a nice feel to them. Choose good fabrics that make you feel great when it’s on.
Fellas, no need to wear those skin tight shirts. Put on a nice crew neck t-shirt or V-neck shirt that allows you to breath. A nice paper boy hat or fedora is a great piece to add in as well. Continue to dress for the occasion but in-line with your maturity. Remember, you can still be trendy, just keep in mind where you are in your life and adjust the trend to it.
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